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Boot Camp 2014

Strengthening Our Mission Through Social Enterprise

A smartphone app. A retail furniture store. A mobile grocery store. Senior home care. A coffee shop and wine bar. These products and services may not seem to have much in common, but together they are examples of the power of social enterprise, the next generation of innovative anti-poverty programs and approaches. I just spent […]

Twilight of LIfe

Caring for those in the ‘twilight of life’

On this day in 1935, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, part of the “New Deal” that sought to alleviate the pain and struggles of American still suffering from the Great Depression. The National Conference of Catholic Charities, which would later be named Catholic Charities USA, was one of the organizations intimately […]

Poverty in America

“In Faith, In Solidarity, In Service”

“Who are you with?” asked Raul L. Ortiz, deputy chief of the Border Patrol for the Rio Grande Valley, speaking in Spanish. “By myself,” Alejandro said, looking up at the man in the olive uniform and pulling a birth certificate, carefully folded, from his jeans — the only item he carried. “Where are your parents, […]

Fourth of July

A Thoroughfare of Freedom

Every 4th of July, parades are held, barbeques are lit, bunting is strewn, and our nation takes a day to celebrate its birthday – the anniversary of the signing of a document that established our core principle that “all men are created equal.” But in addition to the celebration and the pageantry, Independence Day should […]

DePaul University confers honorary doctorate on Rev. Larry Snyder

Editor’s Note: Catholic Charities President, Rev. Larry Snyder, was in Chicago this past weekend to address the 2014 Graduates of DePaul University’s College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences and the College of Science & Health, and presented with an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. Below are the remarks delivered by Charles Suchar, DePaul University’s […]

Memorial Day Remembrance

A Debt That Can Never Be Fully Repaid

Throughout our nation’s history, the men and women who serve in our nation’s military have been the first to head into danger to protect those at home. In the Gospel, we read that “Greater love hath no man than this, than to lie down his life for his friends” – surely, a fitting testament to […]

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Reflection for Easter Sunday

As we gathered in darkened churches to celebrate the Easter Vigil, we were reminded of the power of one candle.  The Paschal candle lit from the Easter fire had the ability to illumine the entire church and banish the darkness.  From that one candle the flame is shared and diffused throughout the worshipers until hundreds […]

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The Power – and Peril – of Crowds

Think back to the last performance, sporting event, or speech you attended that concluded with the audience on their feet, shouting their approval and delivering a standing ovation. An expertly-sung aria, a new policy platform, or a game-saving play can bring a crowd to its feet in shared euphoria. One has to imagine that it […]

Pope_Francis

Sent Out into a Messy World: The Mission of Pope Francis

“Anyone who knows about Catholic Charities in the United States knows that we are all about the messiness in people’s lives. People turn to us when things get broken: a crisis in the family, an economic setback, a personal failure, a challenge too overwhelming for their resources or emotions. In all of these situations, we […]